Drum Corps

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The Soundiron High School Drumcorps is a professional multi-sample drum library focused on capturing the powerful, tight sound of high school marching band drum line. There’s a certain unique punch to those hard mid-tones with that truncated dry snap of marching snares and bass drums. It’s quite distinct from the solid, pleasing punch and smooth resonance of typical rock, jazz and symphonic percussion. These drums are meant to be heard loud and clear from a great distance, delivered with the staccato precision of a military formation.

Mike was a percussionist back in his youth. To capture this library, he returned to his old alma mater, the MSJ Marching Band 15 years later to capture the feeling and sound of playing in a high school marching drum corps for this library. With the help of Director Monica Kraft and Drum Instructor Steve Slater, along with 12 members of the band itself, we recorded close, with a wide stereo array. Our goal was not simply to capture the sound of watching the band from the bleachers, but to put you right there in the drum line yourself, all the way from rehearsal to the big game.

To do that, we recorded the drum line in both a large indoor band hall and an open-air outdoor football field environments to provide you more freedom and really put you right in the action. The hall has a live room wetness, while the field position has a much drier sound, with a subtle echo and natural environmental background. The indoor version was recorded in a wood, tile and fabric surfaced band rehearsal hall. The outdoor recordings were done on the stadium field, so there are occasional stray sonic elements buried in the sound from the outside world. We’ve also done some live marching bands and parade ambiences to really put you into the action when a bit of sound design is called for. This library has all the flavor and verve of a classic high school marching band drum line, with plenty of pop, crack, whump and boom to bring a little more life into your tracks.



More about this library and its features


For the completely new version 2.0 redesign, we’ve added a full user interface and powerful new arpeggiation, ensemble building, room simulation, tone and articulation shaping features, providing you total control over every aspect of the sound and performance. We’ve also brightened and tightened the sound and added more flexibility to the bass and snare roll and crescendo articulations. The original 1.0 version of this library was originally released under the Tonehammer brand name in 2008.

This library now includes the powerful Megamixer interface, allowing you to create custom ensembles with up to 12 drums, with individual key-mapping, tuning, panning, release control, shaping and mixing and dynamic sample loading for optimal resource use. It also includes a specialized version of our Uberpeggiator arp system, with a new “EZ-Roll” mode that allows dynamic bpm-based roll creation, with velocity swelling, humanization control and much, much more.

There are 2 Marching snares, and 5 tuned marching bass drums (20″ – 36″) for the field recordings, along with quads in the indoor and outdoor ensemble strikes and rim clacks. The indoor recordings feature the same snares and a large 48” concert bass drum which has been in continuous use by the band for over 30 years. The head of the concert bass drum is made of cow hide and it’s played with a large, soft cloth and felt mallet, providing a deeply massive sub-sonic boom. For the full drum line there are flam and rim strike articulations with all instruments playing in unison (snare, bass drums, quads).




Library components and content

  • Indoor and Outdoor Recording, with Football Field and Band Rehearsal Hall locations
  • Marching Snare (field): strike, flam, rim shot and rimclick, looping double-stroke rolls w/ release samples, 5-6 velocities, 10x round-robin per velocity layer
  • Marching Snare (hall): strike, flam tight, flam loose, rimclick, rimclick flam, looping double-stroke roll and crescendo sustains w/ release, short crescendo rolls, 8-11 velocities, 10x round-robin per velocity
  • 5 Tuned Marching Bass Drums (field): 20″ – 36″ diameter pitched drums with hard mallets, strike & rimclick, looping & crecendo roll w/ release, 6-8 velocities, 10x round-robin
  • 48″ Concert Bass Drum (hall): soft mallet strike on cowhide skin, 6 velocities, 10x round-robin
  • Full Bass, Snare and Quad Ensemble (field): Unison strikes and rimclicks, 7-9 velocities, 10x round-robin
  • Full Bass, Snare and Quad Ensemble (hall): Unison strikes and rimclicks, 8-11 velocities, 10x round-robin
  • Field Recordings: 11 live full marching bands and drumlines passing by on a parade route
  • Soundscapes: 7 general parade crowd ambiences


NKI Program Presets

This library is designed for the full retail version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later (Kontakt 5 is also supported). Sorry, the free Kontakt Player doesn’t support this library.


Technical specifications

1,530 Samples (standard pcm wav)
10 .nki files (unlocked format)
737 MB installed
16 bit / 44.1kHz stereo PCM wav format
Format(s): Kontakt 4.2.4 .nki and pcm .wav

Includes a free bonus collection of live parade and marching band field recordings & soundscapes.

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Important Note: The full retail version of Native Instruments Kontakt version 4.2.4 or higher is required to use .nki instrument program presets included in this library. The free Kontakt “Player” and special “Libraries” browser rack do not support this standard open-format Kontakt library.

System Requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8. Intelmac and Mac OSX 10.6 or higher.

Minimum system Requirements: Dual Core CPU, 2 GB System Ram, 7200 RPM SATA or SSD hard drive recommended for this library.


8 Responses to “Drumcorps”

  1. If I just want to use the wav files do I need Kontakt or not? I thought I did but read this above “You can also access the individual wav samples and directly import them into any audio software you wish, with or without Kontakt. You can also remap them into any other sampler format you like.” So you don’t really need it? Sorry if I am being dense.

    • You do not need Kontakt in order to use the wav files. They are openly available in the samples directory of the library and can be imported into any other software that can handle wav files. However, a significant amount of work goes into the programming and scripting of the libraries to make them really playable and versatile right out of the box. Importing and remapping the files into another sampler is an option, but it’s not a trivial task.

  2. Hi

    The Drum Corps sound pack, will it work with Finale 2011?

    • Yes, but this library does require the full version of Kontakt by Native Instruments, which is a sampler plugin for any sequencer or environment that supports VST, AU, RTAS and AAX virtual instruments. The nki instrument presets included in Drumcorps essentially all use the Kontakt engine as a wrapper to run in your sequencer.

      You can also access the individual wav samples and directly import them into any audio software you wish, with or without Kontakt. You can also remap them into any other sampler format you like.

  3. Are you guys planning on adding a Quad patch for unison Quad lines? I love the price of this compared to Virtual Drumline as well as the other Marching Perc. libraries out there.

    • We plan on adding solo quads and crash cymbals in an update at some point in the future, but for now, it focuses on snares, tuned bass drums and concert bass drum, although the full ensemble unison strikes and rim clacks do currently feature quads in the group.

      • Will this update be free with the product?

        • All existing owners of the Drumcorps library receive a free update to this new versions. That includes customers who originally ordered it from Tonehammer. The update emails have already been sent to everyone, so if you haven’t received yours, we may have an out-of-date email address for you. Just send us an email and we’ll get you taken care of.


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